PLACE The Center of the World
Center of the World Dr
Felicity, CA 92283
Official Center of the World
There are a lot of strange places in the desert that are cool because they are kitschy, they are intentionally weird to attract attention in the darwinian struggle to get people off the interstate. The Official Center of the World in Felicity, CA is not one of those places... It is just weird because it is.
Founded by a french émigré named Jacques-André Istel, who amongst other things is credited with helping to popularize skydiving in the US, Felicity is recognized as the official center of the world by France and Imperial County California. In the 80’s he wrote a children’s book called “Coe, the Good Dragon at the Center of the World” which served him as the inspiration to found the town named after his wife, Felicia.